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(December 26) Today we’re celebrating. . .  Kwanzaa

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Kwanzaa
Today marks the start of the seven-day Kwanzaa festival, a holiday observed by many African-American families in recognition of their African heritage. Kwanzaa, which means first fruit in Swahili, begins with a special harvest feast, known as karamu, held on the first day.

Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.

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On the first day of Kwanzaa the center black candle is lit, representing the first principle of Kwanzaa – Umoja (oo-MOH-jah): Unity.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa (12/25)

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 25 : 01 day till Kwanzaa

Did you know that the official colors of Kwanzaa are black, red and green?

These colors, inspired by the African flag, are represented in the candles lit each night, and also are included in home decorations. Other decorations feature traditional African items, such as baskets, cloths, and harvest symbols.

Kwanzaa is a 7 day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history. It is a time of celebration, community gathering, and reflection. A time of endings and beginnings. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa (12/24)

Friday, December 24th, 2010

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Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 24 : 02 days till Kwanzaa

Did you know that the name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” meaning “first fruits of the harvest“?

During the holiday of Kwanzaa, many people exchange greetings in Swahili. A common greeting is “Habari Gani,” which is Swahili for “What’s the News.”

Did you know that on the last full day of Kwanzaa celebrants enjoy a large feast?

This feast, called karamu, is the high point of the holiday.

Kwanzaa is a 7 day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history. It is a time of celebration, community gathering, and reflection. A time of endings and beginnings. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa (12/23)

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

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Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 23 : 03 days till Kwanzaa

Did you know that each day of Kwanzaa is represented by a different life principle?

The foundation of Kwanzaa are the Seven Principles, or Nguzo Saba. When Dr. Karenga created the celebration of Kwanzaa he wanted to reflect the best qualities and characteristics of the "first fruit" or harvest festivals that were celebrated throughout Africa.

In order, these principles are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Kwanzaa is a 7 day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history. It is a time of celebration, community gathering, and reflection. A time of endings and beginnings. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa (12/22)

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

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Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 22 : 04 days till Kwanzaa

Did you know that Kwanzaa celebrants light a candle during each day of the holiday?

During Kwanzaa candles are placed in a special candleholder called the Kinara. There are seven candles used, each representing one of the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa.

The first candle is black, symbolizing the African American people. The next three are red, representing the struggles of the black people. Next are three green candles, which symbolize hope for the future. The candles are lit from left to right.

Kwanzaa is a 7 day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history. It is a time of celebration, community gathering, and reflection. A time of endings and beginnings. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa (12/21)

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 21 : 05 days till Kwanzaa

Did you know that Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history?

The holiday was developed in 1966 by activist Dr. Maulana Karenga to celebrate African American culture.

Did you know that as many as 18 million African Americans will celebrate Kwanzaa this year?

Kwanzaa is a 7 day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history. It is a time of celebration, community gathering, and reflection. A time of endings and beginnings. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.

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(November 30) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Computer Security Day

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Computer Security Day
Are you practicing Safe Hex?

As the saying goes – you can never be too rich, too thin, or too computer secure! (?) Have you updated Windows recently? Is your virus software up to date? How about your firewall? Do you even know what I’m talking about?

If not then here are some links to help you on your way to practicing Safe Hex!

links:
Zone Alarm
McAfee
Symantec / Norton
Safe Hex – Safe Computing Tips

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